A solid-state drive (SSD) is a media which uses flash modules in order to save information. The SSDs are still relatively new and more expensive compared to standard hard disk drives (HDD), however they're considerably faster, so they are ordinarily employed for Operating Systems and applications on both home computer systems and web hosting servers. An SSD is preferred because it doesn't have spinning disks which limit its speed and may even cause overheating like it may happen with an HDD. A number of companies use SSDs for caching purposes, so all of the content that is accessed more often will be kept on this kind of drives, while all other content will be stored on regular HDDs. The main reason to use this kind of a configuration is to balance the cost and overall performance of their web hosting platform and to lower the load on the HDDs caused by countless reading and writing processes.
SSD with Data Caching in Web Hosting
We use exclusively SSDs on our advanced cloud web hosting platform and we have removed all HDDs on the production servers as to offer improved loading speeds for all aspects of our services - files, e-mails and databases. Thus, all of the content that you upload to your web hosting account will be reachable amazingly quickly. In order to enhance the overall performance of the Internet sites hosted on our end even further, we also use multiple SSDs that function only as cache - our system saves regularly accessed content on them and updates it automatically. We use such a configuration to make sure that multi-media loaded sites will never influence the performance of the other Internet sites hosted on our platform and that way all other Internet sites can also take full advantage of the speed which the SSD drives provide. In addition, given that the load on the main drives is decreased, their life-span shall be longer, which is one more guarantee for the safety and integrity of your info.
SSD with Data Caching in Semi-dedicated Servers
In case you obtain one of our semi-dedicated server packages, your Internet sites will be stored on a cloud platform that employs solely SSD drives for the storing of files, databases and email messages. In addition to the leading-edge ZFS file system that we use, this setup guarantees extremely fast loading speed for every web application hosted on our end. To guarantee that the websites of one user will not affect the ones of another one, we also use a number of SSDs as cache - our system detects files that are accessed more frequently and clones them, so they start loading from the caching drives. The content on the latter is refreshed dynamically and therefore we can balance the load on all drives, warrant their extended lifespan, reduce the risk of disk failures and, of course, provide a fast and reliable website hosting service.